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DeepMind founder leaves Google

Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of Google’s DeepMind AI lab has left Alphabet to join venture capital firm Greylock Partners, following a turbulent tenure. Suleyman will be a venture partner at Greylock, advising early-stage companies and investing in artificial intelligence start-ups. Suleyman had previously been vice president for AI product management and policy at Google, joining […]

January 21, 2022

Bank: “Google a top pick for 2022”

A report from investment bank BNP Paribas forecasts that Google’s Alphabet will grow this year by 4 per cent despite suffering threats over potential iOS privacy events. The bank also suggests that Google Search could even prove to be a beneficiary as marketers shift their advertising budgets to other verticals (e.g. Search and Android-based OS […]

January 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

German watchdog sets sights on Google

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office the Bundeskartellamt has delivered its decision that Alphabet Inc., Mountain View, USA, and therefore also its subsidiary Google, is subject to extended abuse control by the competition authority. A newly-introduced provision under the German Competition Act (Section 19a of the German Competition Act (GWB)), which entered into force in January 2021, […]

January 6, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: Global ad market sees record growth in 2021

New advertising spend forecasts for 100 markets show that the global ad market has largely weathered the impact of Covid-19, so far, and is on course to reach a value of $1 trillion in 2025, with more than half of this money paid to just three companies: Alphabet, Meta and Amazon. This is according to […]

December 2, 2021

Report: Global DTC brands embrace TV

As TV investments surpass pre-pandemic levels around the world, international data shows how both direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands and online giants are increasingly embracing TV to get their message across. The Global TV Group, the grouping of TV companies and sales houses’ trade bodies in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and Latin America, has released a […]

October 29, 2021

SoftBank buys Google Loon IP

Google, via its Alphabet parent company, has been developing its Loon high-altitude balloon-based platforms. The concept was that these very high-flying balloons would be platforms for distributing broadband signals to the ground. Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank says it has bought about 200 IP patents for Google’s High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) from Loon and will […]

October 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

Reps pressure cable over Fox News

California Democrat Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney have written to cable, satellite and streaming companies calling on them to better combat disinformation – and they name Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network as culprits. Both signatories are both on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee. The letter doesn’t call for the […]

February 22, 2021

WARC: Alphabet has half global online advertising

Alphabet now accounts for just under one-half (48.1 per cent) of global online advertising spend, according to a WARC Data analysis of the company’s latest reports. The parent company of Google and YouTube saw advertising revenue across its platforms increase by $12.1 billion (+9 per cent) in 2020, capturing a larger share of a wider […]

February 4, 2021

Google deflates Project Loon

Google’s Alphabet parent company has closed down its Project Loon which contemplated launching giant stratosphere balloons to beam and reflect broadband signals. Evidently Google could not get the project’s overall costs low enough to make the concept viable. “While we’ve found a number of willing partners along the way, we haven’t found a way to […]

January 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Alphabet’s Loon goes live over Kenya

A subsidiary company of Google/Alphabet is now beaming the world’s first commercial high-speed internet access from a balloon. The service went live on July 8th over Kenya and in particular allowing users in the country’s Rift Valley to tap into broadband via Telkom Kenya and the Project Loon balloons. “Kenya is the first country […] […]

July 10, 2020By Chris Forrester